In a post-pandemic environment, staying on top of state and local tax policies is critical to the success of organizations — big and small.

James E. Thomas

EY Americas Financial Services Office Indirect Tax, State and Local Tax Leader

Policy watcher and bookworm. Believes in driving change by thinking “taxes.” Devoted husband, father of four. Motorcycle enthusiast.

James is based out of the New York City office of Ernst & Young LLP and serves as the EY Americas Financial Services Office Indirect Tax, State and Local Tax Leader.

As a partner with more than 20 years of experience, James is responsible for a team of tax professionals dedicated to the financial services industry. He fully integrates with EY professionals as they provide assistance with and throughout the regulatory and compliance cycles, including planning opportunities, driving tax technology efficiencies and workflows.

He enjoys mentoring tomorrow’s leaders in the accounting and professional services industries and being an active participant in the local community. He teams and creates exceptional value with EY professionals in the United States, India, Buenos Aires, and in other countries.

James has lectured on and taught several topics, including pass-through compliance and withholding, New York sourcing rules and combinations, and the treatment of foreign-source income at the state levels. He has also authored several white papers and articles on state tax.

A graduate of Morehouse College, James earned his postgraduate degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is also a certified public accountant licensed in New York.

How James is building a better working world

“Building a better working world by helping our clients understand the importance and value of tax planning for their individual, family and business financial needs is a priority in how I deliver services. My passion is about promoting a culture of equality and inclusivity at the firm and beyond.”

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